Today's Opinions

  • Students success impacts community

    Students in Brunswick County Schools are preparing to begin the 2016-17 school year Aug. 29, perhaps with a mixture of excitement and anxiety.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests reminding students they will reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

    If they feel uneasy, assure them they are not alone. “Teachers know students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible,” AAP says.

  • State, federal partnership is good news for Navassa

    By Michael Scott

    Guest Columnist

    A good news story is unfolding in Brunswick County that people should know about.

    I’m talking about the environmental cleanup of the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. in Navassa.

    From the 1930s until 1974, Kerr-McGee used creosote to preserve wood products on a 246-acre site in Navassa. Unfortunately, these operations came about before we knew the importance of balancing our economic desires with our needs to protect the environment.

  • What I did on my summer vacation

    The last time I was in my hometown, it was to lay my godfather to rest. I decided I wasn’t going to wait for a sad occasion to go back again.

    It only took me five years to make good on that call.

    I just spent my first real vacation in seven years in my native Cleveland.

    You know how I knew for sure I was overdue for a break? I realized after we’d gone to press last week I’d misspelled the name of Olympic women’s beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor in my column. How embarrassing.

  • Our people deserve better congressman

    To the editor:

    In the May 26 edition of the Beacon, there was a column by Congressman David Rouzer. It was entitled, “Remember Their Sacrifice.”

  • Praying for successful school year

    To the editor:

    The new school year will soon begin. We ask you to please pray for the caregivers, students and teachers. Put a hedge of protection around all our children as the new school year begins. Pray for your children returning to schools or colleges and the specific institutions they attend as well as children in your church. Where possible, lay hands on your children and bless them. Pray for wisdom, favor and good success.

  • What kind of America do you want to endure?

    To the editor:

    It seems Teddy Altreuter is living in the forgotten world of the past when the Democratic Party stood for the things she mentioned in her Aug. 11 letter. Briefly, she states, “…where law and order are both respected and strengthened.” Really? Better remind the many Democratic mayors of cities that try to strip their police of the ability to protect law-abiding citizens.

  • Letter claims merit response

    To the editor:

  • Thank De Vita for service to Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    To Lou DeVita and members of Sunset Beach Town Council: I want to thank you, Lou, for your years of service to the town of Sunset Beach. I know you and the council get very little praise for all you do and for all you contribute. I saw you sweating and shoveling in the park to make sure the Veterans Memorial was placed correctly and presented with dignity. I have seen you making the rounds at the town’s social and cultural events and read about your efforts to calm hot heads who would do harm to the community.